About Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is a software program, developed by Microsoft and sold as part of the Microsoft Office suite. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.

Features of the Microsoft Excel application include user friendly formatting options that make formatting numbers and data easier, pattern matching and value lists that save time when typing in information by using an interface similar to filling in a form, and custom number formats that allow users to add leading zeroes or change number separators.

Pricing starting from:

US$159.99/one-time

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian

Pricing starting from:

US$159.99/one-time

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Microsoft Excel: 20

  • Calculators
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Customisable Templates
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualisation
  • Document Management
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • File Sharing
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Notes Management
  • Offline Access
  • Project Templates
  • Real-time Updates
  • Search/Filter
  • Template Management
  • Templates

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Google Sheets

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5
(16,949)
Value for Money
4.6/5
Features
4.7/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.3/5

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Dan O.
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  • Industry: Photography
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

There is a reason Excel is the industry standard

Reviewed on 28/4/2022

I am happy with Excel overall. It helps me keep all different aspects of my life and business...

I am happy with Excel overall. It helps me keep all different aspects of my life and business organized into clean customizable spreadsheets.

Pros

It is fairly easy to use and to learn how to use. It can be used to take information exported from other programs into one universal format. Easy to customize them to the look and format that works for your workflow. I use it for everything from budget spreadsheet to inventory of equipment for photography business, that I can use to keep organized and to send to my insurance company for business insurance.

Cons

Some of the formula and more advanced stuff takes a while to learn. I just take learning Excel a little at a time and it is manageable.

Eddie L.
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Improved substantially over time, still challenging for collaboration

Reviewed on 5/5/2022

Overall positive in it's ability to run locally with the most robust features, but in an era where...

Overall positive in it's ability to run locally with the most robust features, but in an era where collaboration must happen in real time on the Cloud, it has been frustrating to collaborate. Most fully featured platform though.

Pros

Most robust spreadsheet platform that has the most comprehensive amount of formulas, graphics, pivot tables, and just technical features, runs locally so if you're on the airplane you can still run everything.

Cons

Weak on Cloud and collaboration. You have to log out of the platform for a teammate to make edits. Since team members don't get to work on the project at the same time huge efficiency is lost as some teammates just have to wait until it's their turn whereas Google Sheets you can operate everything at the same time.

Alternatives Considered

Google Sheets

Reasons for Choosing Microsoft Excel

I switch between multiple platforms based on what the people we work with use.

Switched From

Numbers and Google Sheets

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Excel

We use multiple products based on the type our collaborators and clients like to use.
Loide A.
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  • Industry: Military
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

My review on Microsoft Excel

Reviewed on 2/6/2021

The principal project that I truly scholarly a great deal about Excel in was building an accounting...

The principal project that I truly scholarly a great deal about Excel in was building an accounting page to track and plan my course enrollments with as a rookie in school. I needed to figure my aggregate GPA and GPA by term, and I needed to design the entirety of the courses I would take every semester from my first semester in school to my final remaining one. By that point I realized how to utilize rotate tables and some other information decrease recipes, yet I didn't actually have a clue how to utilize query works yet. I assembled a large portion of that bookkeeping page around a capacity to naturally ascertain letter grades dependent on rates, and afterward essential SUM capacities for the GPA computations.

The subsequent case was for designing and cleaning a humungous fix of information in my last semester of school. 32 cycle Excel wasn't made for the errand I was utilizing it for around there, however it worked effectively with some content cleanup that I would not like to figure out how to do utilizing standard articulations somewhere else.

This experience was and stays educational for me. I learned more a long time of doing those undertakings than my companions who took classes to learn Excel.

Pros

Colossal degree as Excel has mathematical and literary capacities; you can add hyperlinks and pictures thus significantly more. Numerous sheets can assist it with acting practically like a social information base when joined with separating and arranging capacities. Mistake catching should be possible utilizing.

Cons

The one fundamental hindrance of the extent of MS Excel is that an excessive number of individuals are self trained and the manner in which they have made the accounting page is undocumented so over the long run individuals attempt to alter and present mistakes. Naming cells makes formulae more significant and simpler to fathom. I once attempted to figure out an accounting page individuals had been utilizing for a very long time and found there was an entire section of qualities incorrectly being remembered for an equation. Somebody had been advised to erase a section however they had quite recently concealed it from see so every one of the qualities were all the while being included messing genuine up. Knowing the contrast between concealing qualities and erasing them is quite major.

Sergio D.
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  • Industry: Management Consulting
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

A must (if well used)

Reviewed on 24/5/2022

I have been using spreadsheet since Framework (under DOS), up to Lotus 123, Google Sheets and...

I have been using spreadsheet since Framework (under DOS), up to Lotus 123, Google Sheets and Excel: the latter is the last standing, and for a reason.: it sports all the functions you need, and the kitchen sink.
It leads power users to discover its inmost secrets and became Masters of the Universe with its advanced functionality and tricks

Pros

A standard for all your data analysis chores and for organizing information. It requires years of dedication to scratch the surface and enjoy its real, underlying power.

Cons

Somehow overkill if you just need to align strings and numbers; it could lead to the "hammer and nail" syndrome ("when you handle a hammer, everything seems to be a nail"). Could lead to a docu-centric view instead of a data-centric one.

Samuel M.
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  • Industry: Cosmetics
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The best spreadsheet software out there

Reviewed on 7/4/2022

Just the best. It's the top if you're in a corporate setting and need to easily do calculations,...

Just the best. It's the top if you're in a corporate setting and need to easily do calculations, presentations and collaborations.

Pros

Excel, especially used with Microsoft teams, allows for the most complex formulations and the best collaborations. Easy to use after some onboarding, easy to share. It is the industry standard and since everyone uses it, it makes work easier since everyone knows how to use it, even the complicated parts.

Cons

I would love a little more ease on shortcuts. Google sheets allows for some easier shortcuts and I would love to import a few (like deleting a whole section just by selecting and pressing delete).

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Microsoft Excel FAQs

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Microsoft Excel offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$159.99/one-time
  • Pricing model: Free Version
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Microsoft Excel is available as part of Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions. Office 365 Personal: $6.99/month or $69.99/year Office 365 Home: $9.99/month or $99.99/year Office Home & Student 2019: $149.99 one-time Office 365 Business: $8.25/user/month (annual commitment required) Office 365 Business Premium: $12.50/user/month (annual commitment required) Office 365 Business Essentials: $5/month (annual commitment required) Users can also access the web-based version of Microsoft Excel through the free OneDrive Basic 5GB, and the $1.99/month OneDrive 100GB subscription plans.

Microsoft Excel has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

Microsoft Excel supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian

Microsoft Excel supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Microsoft Excel integrates with the following applications:

123FormBuilder, ActiveCampaign, Acuity Scheduling, Airtable, Alchemer, Any.do, Asana, Basecamp, Cascade Strategy, ClickFunnels, ClickUp, Clio, Constant Contact, Discord, Dropbox Business, Eventbrite, Evernote Teams, FastField, Firebase, Formidable Forms, Formsite, Formstack Documents, Freshdesk, GoCanvas, GoToWebinar, Google Contacts, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Gravity Forms, HubSpot CRM, InstaPage, Instagram, Jira, Jotform, Kajabi, Knack, Landingi, LinkedIn for Business, Mailchimp, ManyChat, Microsoft 365, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft To Do, Miro, MySQL, Ninja Forms, Notion, OneDrive, Paperform, Parserr, PayPal, Pipedrive, Pipefy, Podio, QuickBooks, RingCentral Contact Center, Salesforce Analytics Cloud, Shopify, Slack, Smartsheet, Squarespace, Stripe, SurveyMonkey, Todoist, Trello, Twilio, Twitter, Typeform, Unbounce, Venngage, WPForms, Wave, Webflow, Wix, WooCommerce, WordPress, Wufoo, Xero, Zapier, Zendesk, Zoho Forms, Zoom Meetings, mailparser.io, monday.com

Microsoft Excel offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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